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Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Kind of Town

It was fantastic to meet up with some Lucky 13s, readers, and librarians at last weekend's American Library Association conference in Chicago! If you're thinking of Marian the Librarian, think again--these folks are hard-core book fiends. Here are some highlights from the weekend:

Signing copies of The Key & the Flame at the Simon & Schuster booth at the exhibit hall

The Middle Grade Mania signing at Anderson's Bookshop (Two Doors East) in Naperville. From left: Sarah Stewart Taylor, author of The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon; me; Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever; Lisa Greenwald, author of Reel Life Starring Us; Elisabeth Dahl, author of Genie Wishes; and Margaret McNamara, author of Sylva and the Fairy Ball.

With fellow Lucky 13 authors Tim Federle, Elisabeth Dahl, and Nancy J. Cavanaugh (This Journal Belongs to Ratchet). I owe Tim a big kiss of gratitude for playing chauffeur. He got my sister and me from Chicago to Naperville and back in one piece and with plenty of laughs.
My sis (who prefers her name not be mentioned, in case anything comes back to haunt her) poses in our fabulous Palmer House Hotel room. Honestly, the Palmer House is one of the most beautiful hotels on the planet.
See? This is the lobby. No kidding. It's gorgeous.

We had a fantastic dinner at the lovely Italian Village restaurant, just a block or two from the Palmer. Highly recommended, and the oldest Italian joint in Chicago.

Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for making my first trip to ALA a fabulous experience! I loved meeting all of you and seeing a tiny sliver of Chicago. I can't wait to do it again!


  1. Loving these ALA writeups! Reading them offers a brief revisit of what was a great, great weekend.

    1. I'm so glad we had a chance to meet, Elisabeth--and do a group signing! It was such fun.

  2. Nice post of so much ALA fun! Great meeting you at Anderson's!

  3. It's a strange phenomenon, meeting people you've only corresponded with--but so wonderful, too!

  4. Loved all the pictures, Claire!! Can't wait until the day that I can join you at one of these events!!

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